Piga Fernández

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About Piga Fernández

Piga Fernández, Santiago, Chile, is a Global Relations Consultant since 2009 for the Life Raft Group , a GIST Patient Organization. She founded and is the Executive Director of Fundación GIST Chile, a nonprofit organization dedicated to support GIST and other gastrointestinal patients through education, information, emotional support and advocacy, with the goal of having them experience a better quality of life. Additionally, She is also the Coordinator of Alianza GIST, a consortium of GIST groups in Latin America. Her advocacy efforts in Chile have led to important changes in her country, impacting both legislative change and raising awareness for rare diseases. A GIST patient who was diagnosed incorrectly in 1995 with leiomyosarcoma, she understands the importance of correct diagnosis and access to treatment. She plays an integral role in working with our international patients, to assure they receive the quality of care necessary to survive and thrive.

Chile Cancer March Brings Change – Advocacy in Action!

Patients and Caregivers March! On December 4, 2018, President Sebastián Piñera, of Chile, signed the National Cancer Plan 2018 – 2028 and the National Cancer Law. LRG Global Consultant and Executive Director of Fundación [...]

By |2018-12-17T14:35:47-05:00December 17th, 2018|Advocacy, Global, News, Newsletter|

Fundacion GIST Chile Expands Advocacy Efforts

On Saturday November 25, GIST Chile,  together with FUCOG (Gynecological cancers) held an education session for health related students, patients and caregivers. This was the first collaborative activity in looking forward to expand our [...]

By |2018-10-29T13:57:29-04:00December 4th, 2017|Advocacy, GIST Education, Global, News|

Seminar for Chilean Patient Organizations Aligns Common Goals

On November 26, 2016, patient advocacy organizations in Chile came together at the School of Medicine at the University of San Sebastian in Santiago, Chile for a seminar entitled "Clinical Studies, Clinical Guidelines and [...]

By |2018-10-30T09:26:28-04:00December 12th, 2016|Advocacy, Events, Global, News|

International Seminar on Cancer Policies in South America

In Santiago, Chile, on April 22, 2015, The Chilean Health Ministry (MINSAL) organized a seminar to discuss regional policies for cancer prevention and control. Representatives of WHO, OPS, RINC, and UNASUR, were invited along [...]

By |2019-04-08T10:24:18-04:00May 7th, 2015|Advocacy, News|